Officials Told of Hazards Years Ago at MacArthur

The town was warned more than two years ago, but Islip officials did not address the problems until they became public.

A year later, in a May 16 letter, Scott made clear that the variance in fact did not grant that. Hofmeister said the town fire marshals were "reviewing" the situation.

MacArthur timeline

July 6, 2006 -- Islip town officials are unable to locate records to prove fire inspections were done at MacArthur Airport.

June 30 -- Newsday reports work had not begun on a $1 million ventilation system upgrade that had been approved a year earlier.

June 26 -- U.S. Sen. Charles Schumer asks the U.S. attorney general to look into the funding of MacArthur Airport's expansion to determine whether taxpayers were cheated. Schumer was reacting to Newsday reports that federal, state and Islip Town records showed that $65.2 million in public money was being spent to fund the expansion.

June 21 -- Islip officials say the airport is safe.

June 20 -- Suffolk district attorney says inspection of expansion projects at MacArthur Airport has uncovered fire risks that need immediate correction; the hazards are so significant that they could cause an explosion or allow dangerous natural gas to be drawn into the terminal, the DA says.

June 9 -- Newsday reports that cracks posing a potential safety hazard to airplanes are present on the newly constructed apron where planes pull up

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